Here is my entry for this week’s photo challenge, taken in Lisbon a while ago. Hard to believe it was December. I really like this city, and its bridge. If someone tells me to go back there, I will… ;-)
Ok, gardening. In the long list of things that I have no idea about, gardening is one of them. And here in the UK is a very appreciated thing. Houses have a garden, and even if you live in a flat, in a big city like London, you may know someone with access to an allotment. It’s also the case that I’m not very fan of plants, at least taking care of them. I remember once someone at my office told me to take care of a tomato plant during her holidays. The tomato survived, but I can say now that it wasn’t because of my efforts. I just completely forgot about it! That tomato plant was a really strong one I think. So maybe its a combination of both things, the attention given to gardening here, and my total lack of interest on it, what makes me, still today, find all this gardening stuff a bit funny. I enjoy visiting them though, as some pictures in this blog can show. I took the ones in this post quite a while ago, in the garden of my previous place. And I don’t miss that garden… At all.
A new gallery of pictures from my trip, almost a year now, to Utah. This day was fun. I had never been in such a desolate place. You see this places usually in films or documentaries, and you never think about them as real. But yes, here we were, driving miles in mostly straight line roads, without a tree in sight (or anything else). Just some other cars . And mountains in horizon. There was a petrol station in the middle of nowhere, where we refused to have lunch. It looked like a place from some other horror film. And the famous Bonneville salt flats. At this time of the year there was water on it, not totally evaporated. It is when the flat is totally dry when it is used for car races and tests. I had already posted some pictures from there. This ones give, I think, a bit more context of the place and its surroundings. Its also fun, but somehow, I miss Utah.
Here are some pictures I took a while ago in Blakeney. It’s an interesting place. Norfolk coast is becoming my favourite spot for one day trips, photography and proper pub lunches. Its been a while since my last trip there, I should think about going again soon. Or better yet, when the weather becomes warmer. The excuse for this one was the seals. There is a small colony of them and you can hire a boat trip that brings you where the seals are. To me, the nicest part was the short boat trip. Also the flat landscapes around. The seals, well. They just seemed very few to me. Maybe it is just a special thing to actually have any in that place, but I was expecting something more crowded. The poor animals didn’t seem to care about humans in a boat, of course. I had a similar feeling to when I visit a zoo. I have no idea about what happened to the stranded boat. Some time ago there was a big tidal surge in the area. The same one that broke that solitary sand dune in two parts. Maybe that boat has its own story. A storm was forming at the end of the day, so we came back to Cambridge.
Another two paired pictures. These white trees are in the Anglesey Abbey’s Winter Garden. I’m finding that I visit quite often this place. It’s very close to Cambridge. The gardens are great for long walks. And I always find something that grabs my attention. The National Trust membership is proving to be worth it.
Today is my birthday. I remember that in last year’s post I joked about having a red sports car as a gift. This year this is what I want. I took this picture in Portugal last summer. It’s possibly one of the best beaches in the Algarve region.
P.S. And I still haven’t got my red sports car… :P
Last day of 2014. Its been a difficult year for me. And for lots of other people. Yesterday I was walking in Cambridge, in a cold but sunny day, thinking about what exactly attached me to this place. Not only me, but some people I know has asked me the same question recently. And to be honest, some days I don’t know. Others, like yesterday, I think there is still potential. Cambridge in sunny days is beautiful. There are things I still love, and future things I will love, I’m sure. Today I really would like to forget 2014. Facebook’s clumsy attempt on making memorable posts for the year was not very welcome in my case either. At the same time, I know today there will be people in far worse situations. And people helping out instead of partying till late. And that puts things in perspective and makes me think that I shouldn’t worry so much. So, I truly wish 2015 to be a great year for everyone. It must be. That’s my only new year’s resolution. :)
There must be millions of pictures of this place already. But I wanted to visit it since I was a child. You know, when I was a child I was a firmly believer in UFOs, paranormal activities, conspiracy theories. You name it. Stonehenge was the subject of a lot of books and documentaries I read and watched as I child. I really was into it. Most of the reasoning behind the mystery was, we don’t know how they could raise those blocks of stone, so it was made by aliens. As usual, covering our ignorance with a magical answer is the easiest way of dealing with this things. At some point, possibly during my teenager years, after having some really good physics and philosophy teachers at school, possibly after some vital experiences, my interest on these things vanished. But when I came to the UK almost five years ago, I though.. I need to visit that place.
To be honest, it’s been a bit of a disappointment. The place to me, doesn’t have that aura of magic some people want to believe in. It’s full of tourists (myself included). You cannot walk into the circle of stones, I imagine there is a real danger of people deteriorating the monument. Yesterday they were preparing celebrations for the winter solstice and I’m sure today it will be full of people dressed as druids (which have nothing to do with Stonehenge origins and its possible uses when it was built). One thing I liked thought, was the weather. It was cloudy, perfect for some contrasty black and white processing. Also, the exhibitions in the new visitors centre were interesting and fascinating enough, without the need of aliens. At least, I managed to fulfill one of my childhood dreams, a very simple one. Here, some news about the celebrations today. I told you, didn’t I?
And after a post about my birthplace, this picture, taken in Granchester, near Cambridge. I tried a black and white process for this one, but the theme is already dark enough, so I went for some colour. Not very sure about the composition though. What do you think?
This last summer I went to my birthplace. It is a small village in the middle of nowhere, almost. Someone told me to visit a tree. A tree that is 4 or 5 kilometres from my family home. Apparently it is an interesting tree, a really old one. So one afternoon I went on walking to the place. I was on holidays, with nothing else to do, so it was a good plan, as good as any other. It was a really nice walk, the light and the weather was great. It takes almost an hour, depending on how fast you walk, or how distracted by the surroundings you are.
The warm colours of this pictures are mostly because I had a wrong white balance setting on my camera. Later I tried to fix it post process, something that is easy if you shoot in RAW. But at the end, I ended with some very similar result to the wrong one. Tweaking the white balance is an easy way to get interesting (or completely wrong) colours in your pictures. And in this case, I like the results.
Sorry for the delay between posts. I should try to be more regular from now. Here is my entry for this Weekly Photo Challenge. The first picture is from my last holidays in Portugal. From the top of a cliff. I like the sea texture. The tiny boat gives scale to the thing. The second one was taken from my window, in the place where I was living until a month ago. Possibly, I was preparing another blog post, like I am doing now. Does a double rainbow mean double treasure? And the third one is a rowing team practising in the river Cam, in Cambridge. That picture came that way, without any crop. Not sure about the composition, but I like it. Also, I took it one of my first days here In Cambridge, when everything seemed to me new and interesting. I was in the honey moon phase, I think…
I was browsing some pictures the other day, and I though this two could go well together. The shape of the surrounding bushes it’s almost the same. The first one is from a garden in Saffron Walden. And the other is in Anglesey Abbey, a place from where I have already posted some pictures in this blog. And I have a few more to post, soon…